CIPA Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2013 Ford Explorer

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How to Install the CIPA Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror on a 2013 Ford Explorer


Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the CIPA Dual View Clip-On Towing Mirror, part number 11953. So here I am at the back of my trailer and you can clearly see me in the factory mirror, but if I step away you lose track of me in the factory mirror but you can see me in our towing mirror. Now these are going to help out whether we're driving down the highway and we need to change lanes, or even pulling up to the camp ground, or backing our trailer up. Now this is a dual view mirror. The large mirror here is going to be a flat mirror, giving us an accurate depiction of what's directly behind us, whereas the smaller mirror here is going to be a convex shape, and it's going to be more of a built-in spot mirror. Now we're going to have full adjustment on both of the mirrors, being able to adjust them up and down, left and right, and even diagonally to make sure that we can get that perfect angle so we can see what's behind us, making sure that we're being safe. Now even though our mirror's going to mount in between the glass and the housing we're still going to be able to have full control and full access to our adjustments on our factory mirror, being able to go up and down, left and right, and adjust it to any angle we need. Now we're not going to be able to fully fold our mirror in because the bottom here is going to make contact with our door.

We can fold it in to right about here before our towing mirror is going to make contact. Now since our mirror's secured with straps we're still going to be able to see and use our factory turn signal on our mirror. Even the puddle lamp underneath is still visible and we can still use it as well. Now we're not going to have to worry about any scratches or abrasions on our factory mirror because the way it's going to attach we're going to have nice rubber straps that are going to secure it into place. Now the great thing about these mirrors is they are universal. So if you have multiple vehicles in your family that you tow with, these might fit those as well too.

Now they do come in a quantity of one, so if you need one for the passenger side go ahead and use the same part number. Now that we've gone over some of the features I'll show you how easy it is to get them installed. To begin our installation we're going need to open up our arms on our towing mirror. I'm going to flip it over, I want to bring your attention to these small tabs right here. This tab right here is going to fit right in between the housing of our mirror and the mirror glass. So now we can go ahead and get ready to put it on our mirror.

So we're going to want to make sure that that sits nicely on that ledge and we can swing our upper arms in place, then we can move to the back and bring our straps. Just take our strap coming around our mirror, it's going to have a small hole in it, and we're going to actually reach around the top, and hook it onto that notch there. Now if we need to adjust our straps to loosen them up we can just feed the strap through, lengthening it up. If we need to tighten it up we can feed it back through the other way to make it shorter. Now with everything secure we're ready to hit the road. That'll finish up our look at the CIPA Dual View Clip-On Towing Mirror, part number 11953, on our 2013 Ford Explorer..


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